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HMCS Mulgrave J313


Laid down: 15 Dec 1941

Launched: 02 May 1942

Commissioned: 04 Nov 1942

Paid off: 07 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1947


Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned there on 04 Nov 1942. She arrived at Halifax on 30 Nov 1942 and was assigned to Halifax Force for the first quarter of 1943. She then transferred to WLEF, becoming a member of newly created EG W-2 in Jun 1943. On 18 Feb 1944, with Bayfield, Georgian and Thunder, she left Halifax for Plymouth via the Azores. On 29 Feb 1944, when entering Horta, Mulgrave suffered grounding damage and had to be towed to Greenock, Scotland. After repairs at Ardrossan she finally made Plymouth on 24 Apr 1944 to commence training and exercises. She was temporarily assigned to the 32nd Minesweeping Flotilla, then in Jun 1944 to the 31st, with which she was present on D-Day. On 08 Oct 1944, the unlucky Mulgrave was damaged by a ground mine near le Havre and had to be beached. On 03 Nov 1944 she left Le Havre in tow for Portsmouth, where she was declared a constructive total loss. Placed in reserve at Falmouth in Jan 1945, with a reduced complement, she was formally paid off on 07 Jun 1945 and scrapped at Llanelly, Wales, two years later.


Commanding Officers

Lt Dermot Thomas English, RCNR - 04 Nov 1942 - 10 Oct 1943

Lt Ralph Morton Meredith, RCNR - 11 Oct 1943 - 25 Dec 1944


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

HORSFALL, Clifford

Sto 2c, V40851, RCNVR

died - 24 Jan 1943 

SPICER, Robert Boyd

Sto PO, A1303, RCNR

died - 08 Sep 1944 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Byron, John

See HMCS Valleyfield






Duncan, F. Bert







English, Dermot Thomas

1st Commanding Officer

See HMCS Valleyfield






Harrison, Joseph Walton







Tanner, Charles Edward


Tate, Charles Ian Passman


Trafford, John





Former Crew Members

Aharan, Charles Hart, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1944


Anderson, Andrew Holburn, Slt (E), RCNVR - 17 Jul 1943


Baburek, Christian Stephen, Slt (E), RCNVR - 08 Jun 1943

Engs, Philip Wanton, Lt, RCNVR  - 31 Jan 1944


Staples, Joseph Lexis Crawford, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1944

Walton, Arthur, Lt, RCNR - 15 Jul 1943


Wittingham, Maurice Aldred, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Jul 1943



A Canadian veteranís peacock moment on D-Day